Arnold Palmer Invitational R3

Hatton leads by two as McIlroy stays in touch

March 05-08
Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida
$9,300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4



World number one Rory McIlroy kept himself in contention heading into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where England’s Tyrrell Hatton holds a two-shot lead after another testing day at Bay Hill.

Arnold Palmer Invitational R3 - Hatton leads by two
Tyrell Hatton. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


Northern Irishman McIlroy, five under overnight as part of the chasing pack, dropped a shot on the final hole to sign for another one-over 73 which put him equal second.


Hatton also carded a one-over in testing conditions to sit at six under. The 28-year-old from High Wycombe picked up two crucial birdies in the closing three holes, as most players struggled during the tough back nine with strong winds and firm greens.

McIlroy, the 2018 tournament winner, admitted the third round had been “pretty tough”.

“Obviously there is not a lot of red on that scorecard,” he told Sky Sports. “There were a couple of chances which I let go by, but I also made some really good saves.

“But I am enjoying the grinds, the fact that pars are good, you are really having to think out there, play the angles, the fairways are getting firm, there are crosswinds.


“It is a bit different to the golf we play week-in week-out, so I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can.”

McIlroy added: “If (Sunday) is going to be a day like today, then anything in the red is going to be really good.”



Australian Marc Leishman managed to get around in even par, having dropped a shot at the 15th, and is tied at four under alongside McIlroy.

South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Sungjae Im of South Korea, Australian Danny Lee, who double-bogeyed the 18th, and America’s Harris English are all tied fourth at three under.

Sung Kang, though, plummeted down the leaderboard after two triple-bogeys on the back nine – including two into the water at the 11th and a seven on the last hole – left him six over for the day having gone into the turn at even.

American Max Homa was the only player to score below par in Orlando on Saturday as he recorded a two-under 70 to lie at one over for the tournament, tied in 16th place.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-6
68
69
73
210
T2
Marc Leishman
AUS
-4
71
69
72
212
T2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-4
66
73
73
212
T4
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
68
72
73
213
T4
Danny Lee
NZL
-3
71
67
75
213
T4
Harris English
USA
-3
69
70
74
213
T4
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-3
70
69
74
213
8
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-1
69
68
78
215
T9
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
Par
73
71
72
216
T9
Collin Morikawa
USA
Par
70
71
75
216
T9
Matt Jones
AUS
Par
75
68
73
216
T9
Patrick Rodgers
USA
Par
73
70
73
216
T9
Sam Burns
USA
Par
68
72
76
216
T9
Scottie Scheffler
USA
Par
67
74
75
216
T9
Tom Hoge
USA
Par
70
70
76
216
T16
Charley Hoffman
USA
1
70
73
74
217
T16
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
1
71
72
74
217
T16
Joel Dahmen
USA
1
72
72
73
217
T16
Keith Mitchell
USA
1
68
75
74
217
T16
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
1
72
73
72
217
T16
Max Homa
USA
1
72
75
70
217
T16
Stewart Cink
USA
1
72
70
75
217
T23
Brendon Todd
USA
2
68
72
78
218
T23
Bud Cauley
USA
2
71
72
75
218
T23
Graeme McDowell
NIR
2
68
74
76
218
T23
Jason Kokrak
USA
2
71
75
72
218
T23
Matt Wallace
ENG
2
69
73
76
218
T23
Rickie Fowler
USA
2
71
70
77
218
T23
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
2
70
74
74
218
T23
Troy Merritt
USA
2
71
72
75
218
T31
Danny Willett
ENG
3
71
71
77
219
T31
Talor Gooch
USA
3
67
80
72
219
T31
Viktor Hovland
NOR
3
74
73
72
219
T31
Xander Schauffele
USA
3
73
74
72
219
T31
Zach Johnson
USA
3
72
73
74
219
T36
Harold Varner III
USA
4
70
74
76
220
T36
Ian Poulter
ENG
4
69
77
74
220
T36
Lanto Griffin
USA
4
71
73
76
220
T36
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
4
70
75
75
220
T36
Nick Taylor
CAN
4
73
73
74
220
T36
Patrick Reed
USA
4
70
70
80
220
T36
Scott Harrington
USA
4
71
70
79
220
T36
Steve Stricker
USA
4
72
74
74
220
T36
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
4
70
75
75
220
T45
Adam Long
USA
5
69
74
78
221
T45
Beau Hossler
USA
5
73
72
76
221
T45
Davis Love III
USA
5
72
73
76
221
T45
Harry Higgs
USA
5
72
73
76
221
T45
Keegan Bradley
USA
5
73
72
76
221
T45
Kevin Chappell
USA
5
72
74
75
221
T45
Kevin Na
USA
5
70
72
79
221
T45
Zac Blair
USA
5
74
70
77
221
T53
Billy Horschel
USA
6
72
73
77
222
T53
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
6
71
76
75
222
T53
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
6
69
73
80
222
T53
Jimmy Walker
USA
6
73
69
80
222
T57
Brian Gay
USA
7
73
72
78
223
T57
Vaughn Taylor
USA
7
73
73
77
223
T59
Rod Perry
USA
8
72
73
79
224
T59
Scott Brown
USA
8
69
76
79
224
T61
Doc Redman
USA
9
73
73
79
225
T61
Robby Shelton
USA
9
72
75
78
225
T61
Sam Saunders
USA
9
74
73
78
225
T64
Abraham Ancer
USA
10
73
74
79
226
T64
Brooks Koepka
USA
10
72
73
81
226
66
Matthew Wolff
USA
11
73
73
81
227
T67
Ryan Moore
USA
12
71
75
82
228
T67
Wyndham Clark
USA
12
74
72
82
228
69
Rob Oppenheim
USA
14
69
78
83
230
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
4
74
74
148
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Cameron Champ
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
4
74
74
148
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
4
71
77
148
CUT
Lee Westwood
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
4
65
83
148
CUT
Matthew NeSmith
USA
4
70
78
148
CUT
Maverick McNealy (a)
USA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Adam Scott
AUS
5
77
72
149
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
5
72
77
149
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
5
77
72
149
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
5
74
75
149
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
5
77
72
149
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
5
77
72
149
CUT
Russell Knox
SCO
5
75
74
149
CUT
Scott Piercy
USA
5
71
78
149
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
5
75
74
149
CUT
Tony Finau
USA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
6
73
77
150
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Henrik Norlander
SWE
6
78
72
150
CUT
Justin Rose
ENG
6
73
77
150
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
6
74
76
150
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
7
74
77
151
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
7
75
76
151
CUT
Charles Howell III
USA
7
75
76
151
CUT
Denny McCarthy
USA
7
73
78
151
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
7
78
73
151
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
7
72
79
151
CUT
Chun-An Yu
TPE
8
74
78
152
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
8
75
77
152
CUT
Nate Lashley
USA
8
79
73
152
CUT
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
8
76
76
152
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
9
74
79
153
CUT
Kevin Kisner
USA
9
74
79
153
CUT
Mark Hubbard
USA
9
74
79
153
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
9
74
79
153
CUT
Pat Perez
USA
9
77
76
153
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
9
75
78
153
CUT
Vijay Singh
FIJ
9
77
76
153
CUT
Hank Lebioda
USA
10
76
78
154
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
11
84
71
155
CUT
Robert Gamez
USA
11
83
84
167
CUT
Brandon Matthews
USA
12
75
81
156
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
12
74
82
156
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
13
80
77
157
DSQ
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
Par
70
80
150
RET
Jason Day
AUS
Par
74
74
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